Groves-Rebrasse undercard to be announced on Monday
By Scott Gilfoid: #4 WBC George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) says that the undercard for his September 20th WBC super middleweight eliminator bout against Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) will be announced this Monday for their fight at the Wembley Arena in London, UK.
Hopefully it’s a good undercard because the main event is lacking in a huge way. Sauerland Events needs to pull some of their good fighters from their stable and stack the card to make it interesting, because this fight isn’t a great one.
Groves has lost his last two fights to IBF/WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch, both by knockouts. The WBC still went ahead and blessed the Groves-Rebrasse fight as s WBC super middleweight eliminator bout despite the two recent defeats for Groves. I’d have liked to have been a fly on the wall when the WBC met to decide on whether to make the Groves vs. Rebrasse fight an eliminator bout for the WBC super middleweight title. Someone had to have said something about Groves’ recent back to back knockout losses to Froch, don’t you think?
I don’t rate Rebasse as a top 15 contender. The World Boxing Council has Rebrasse ranked #3, and they had him previously ranked above Anthony Dirrell at #6, but the rankings make no sense. Rebrasse has one win during his career over a top 15 contender, and even that win was nothing special.
I have Rebrasse ranked around No.40 in the division and I feel like I’m being kind with that ranking. I don’t see him as top 15 material, and definitely not No.3 where the WBC has hm. The WBC is making it too easy for Groves to get another title shot by having him fight Rebrasse in the WBC 168 pound eliminator instead of someone like Sakio Bika.
Groves said this on his twitter “ReturnOfTheSaint On Monday we will announce the undercard and TV station televising the show.”
Rebrasse with have his EBU super middleweight strap on the line if Groves wants to claim the belt. It doesn’t make sense for Groves to be fighting for the EBU strap when his focus is on getting another world title shot. The EBU belt is inconsequential. The vacant WBC Silver super middleweight title will be on the line for the Groves-Rebrasse fight too, but it’s not a major belt.
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